To become a doctor, you would normally begin with receiving a bachelor’s degree (approximately four years), then continue to medical school (approximately four years). After medical school, you would go on to a residency training program, where you specialize in a particular area of medicine (family practice, obstetrics, pediatrics, surgery, etc.). Most residencies are approximately three years, though some can last up to nine.
There is no specific major in which professional schools are looking for. Students are encouraged to pick something they find interesting and are passionate about, whether or not it is science-related.
Medical schools and professional schools require courses in biology, chemistry, physics, math and English. It is not required to take these courses in high school, though students are encouraged to enter college with skills to prepare them for these types of courses.
Many professional schools will accept college credit received in high school. Professional schools want to see how you will perform in university level coursework, which will be supplemented with your upper division courses.
There are many healthcare careers available, but the best way to find out if a specific healthcare career is right for you is to shadow someone in that profession. For example, if you think you would like to be a veterinarian, you can ask to shadow that person, which means following them around to see what they do on a day-to-day basis.
If you’re not quite ready to shadow someone and want to take your search online, explorehealthcareers.org and the Bureau of Labor Statistics are great sites that can help you navigate through different healthcare careers.
Develop good time management and study skills while you’re in high school. Practicing skills like time management, note taking, and different study and test-taking strategies will make your transition from high school to college much easier. You need to do very well academically to get into professional school, so it’s important to develop these skills now.
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